Wild Planet Exhibition brings free lecture by leading wildlife photographer

PUBLISHED: 12:04 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:29 20 February 2013

Budding photographers and wildlife enthusiasts should make a date for Thursday 23rd June at 6.00pm, as award winning wildlife photographer Andy Rouse gives a talk at Bath Abbey in association with Wild Planet.

Budding photographers and wildlife enthusiasts should make a date for Thursday 23rd June at 6.00pm, as award winning wildlife photographer Andy Rouse gives a talk at Bath Abbey in association with Wild Planet. The talk is free of charge but tickets are required and can be collected from the Wild Planet store on Stall Street (opposite the Roman Baths shop).



South West photographer, Andy Rouse has won no less than seven prestigious awards in the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in the past five years and appears regularly on TV. His image Rival Kings is currently featured in the Wild Planet photographic exhibition, currently on show in Union Street, Bath. The photograph, set in the icy and eerily beautiful landscape of the Falkland Islands, provides an insight into the courtship between two king penguins. Kings are such cool penguins, says Andy. I love photographing them and to hear their amazing clarinet style call is something I will never forget, he continued.



Andy Rouse has an ability to capture extraordinary moments in the lives of animals and birds in the wild, getting close to some of the most dangerous creatures and has published books on mountain gorillas and tigers.



Having travelled to the Falkland Islands, the Masai Mara, Svalbard and Rwanda, he certainly has some fascinating tales to tell. Giving a round the world tour of his favourite images, Andy refers to his Greatest Hits and top locations for wildlife photography, and he will describe some of his most spectacular wildlife encounters. He has a special relationship with one particular mountain gorilla silverback, his all time favourite, but not all gorillas are as personable; last year he faced a full on charge by a competing silverback. Other memorable moments include having to lie down in front of advancing bull elephants and watching a polar bear nuzzling its mothers fur.



Andy is prepared to share his expertise with photography enthusiasts so expect to discover the secrets of how to get up close and personal with some of the most magnificent beasts on the planet. It is not just his stunning images that will create a wow factor, he is also a charismatic presenter, a natural entertainer with a great passion for conservation and an expert on the wildlife that he photographs and on the field craft that is required to track them down.



The free public lecture will be held at Bath Abbey, Thursday 23rd June , 6.00-7.00pm. Tickets will be available from the Wild Planet shop on Stall Street, Bath.



The Wild Planet exhibition features 80 of the most spectacular images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the worlds most prestigious wildlife photography competition and an international leader in providing new insights into the natural world. The free exhibition was developed by the Natural History Museum, bringing the highest standard of international wildlife photography to the city in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council.



Merchandise is available in Baths dedicated Wild Planet store, in Stall Street opposite the Roman Baths shop. Mementoes include affordable gifts for children like Meerkat Moment Fridge Magnets and jigsaw puzzles, a range of home wares showcasing graphic Wild Planet imagery of rock hopper penguins, a strolling tiger, flocks of starlings and beech trees in the mist. The commemorative book, Wild Planet, Celebrating Wildlife Photographer of the Year will also be on sale including Andy Rouses images and the other spectacular photographs in the exhibition.



http://www.wildplanetexhibition.co.uk/

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